Partnering with a staffing agency doesn’t just increase your access to top talent. You can often hire faster, decrease turnover costs, eliminate upfront hiring expenses, reduce employment risks, and make the whole hiring process more efficient — that is, of course, if you know how to maximize the benefits of working with a staffing partner.
The following are some of the best ways to get the most out of this type of partnership:
1. Hire the right agency.
You want a real partner — a partner you can trust. After all, it’ll serve as an extension of your business. Take the time to meet with a variety of firms to find one that not only matches your need but you genuinely enjoy working with.
2. Keep the lines of communication open.
Communication is the foundation of any good relationship. When getting to know the agency, don’t be afraid to ask questions about hiring practices, past success, or employee turnover rates. If it’s tightlipped about such statistics, you probably need to find another partner.
Likewise, you should be open and honest about your business. The more you share about your company, like your history, culture, goals, and so on, the better able the staffing firm will be in finding the right candidates for your business. But don’t stop there. Maintain open communication before, during, and after hiring to refine the process.
3. Get down to the specifics.
Most jobs and projects call for specific skills from the talent. Otherwise, nothing will get done on time — or correctly, at that. Spend some time compiling the specific needs of the job or project so the recruiter can find candidates with the right skills, experience, and education.
4. Establish a timeline.
Though most agencies have a broad network of talent, they still need some time for find the best candidates for the role. Give your staffing partner ample lead-time whenever possible. The recruiters will want to conduct research and cast a net beyond their pool of talent to ensure you get an ideal match.
5. Tap the agency’s expertise.
Whoever is working specifically with you on your business has undoubtedly worked with other businesses similar to your own. That’s a wealth of information just a phone call away. Take full advantage of that recruiter’s expertise and experience. Ask questions and be open to learning from the partnership.
If you’re looking to partner with a staffing agency, now’s the time to learn more about Staffmark. For more than 40 years, our team has been matching skilled talent with employers in a variety of different industries. All it takes is a call!